Story by Janmarie Foschini
The Greenwood Lake Middle School, located at 1247 Lakes Rd. in Monroe, NY, hosted an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Wed., Aug. 22 in honor of their new garden, located in the backyard area of the school.
The event drew a crowd that was treated to a tour of the garden, snacks and refreshments, which were prepared from the vegetables harvested in the garden. There was also a slide show that followed the progress the garden has made in the last several months.
Principal Jeffrey Golubchick welcomed the guests and thanked everyone for attending this special event. He gave special thanks and praise to the students, staff and administration who made all of this possible and for their countless hours of volunteering throughout the summer.
“One thing that I love is that I thought having a garden would be amazing at school in order to teach the students about how we grow food and food sustainability; the garden is an imprint of all of the work of our team,” stated Principal Golubchick.
Principal Golubchick thanked the following during the opening ceremony: Mike Lopresti for helping collaborate the slide show; Rob Porras and Ann Lierow for being supportive in making the garden come to life; Chris Ferry, the art teacher and his students, who volunteered their time this summer and painted the beautiful murals; teacher Alex Vinelli and his students who volunteered this summer and built the beautiful planter boxes; all the students and their families who watered and harvested the garden all summer long, weeding and planting and making sure the garden looked gorgeous; and staff members such as Laura Laroche, who helped maintain and upkeep the garden.
Golubchick then offered a special thank you to Lisa Warren and Kim Gibel, saying, “Without them we would not have such a lush harvest. Kim and Lisa worked tirelessly all summer to make sure the garden looks as awesome as it does and for that I am grateful.”
The garden is full of homegrown vegetables such as lettuce, zucchini and tomatoes that will all be incorporated into the school lunch program. The garden broke ground on Earth Day and has since grown tremendously.
Principal Golubchick had a vision which transformed over the school year and he formed a garden committee which met during the year. The vision continued to evolve with the help of all the volunteers and their ideas.
Congratulations to all the staff and students on a beautiful garden!